ADS Securities Hires Emmanuel Coulon (former ICAP executive) as Head of IT

Abu Dhabi based financial services company, ADS Securities with operation in Europe and the Middle East, on Tuesday has announced the appointment of  Emmanuel Coulon as its new Head of IT. Mr Emmanuel will be based out of Abu Dhabi head-office and will directly report to CTO Philippe Velay.

The appointment of Emmanuel Coulon by ADS Securities will place a broader focus on developing more robust trading applications and also marks group’s latest emphasis on the OREX platform. His new role will include developing ADSS technology offering for both institutional and retail clients that is witnessing a healthy and robust growth. 

Emmanuel Coulon has over three decades of experience in senior level technology roles ranging from startups to well established international firms across all verticals of investment services.  He roles include working for software vendors as well as large financial institutions mostly in the US and Europe. Began his career at Thomson Reuters in 1991 and moved on to lead as CIO Deputy, CTO at TP ICAP, the world’s largest interdealer broker.

Philippe Velay, Managing Director – Chief Technology Officer at ADS Securities
Philippe Velay, Managing Director – Chief Technology Officer at ADS Securities

Commenting on Emmanuel Coulon’s appointment, Philippe Velay, CTO at ADS Securities, said:

“Technology differentiates and defines companies in the financial services sector.  It is therefore essential that forward-thinking dynamic firms like ADSS employ the best people who bring the latest skills and knowledge. So, we are very pleased that Emmanuel has joined the team and will continue to build our reputation as a leader in trading technology.”

Commenting on his appointment, Emmanuel Coulon, said:

“At a time when many investment firms are reducing capital expenditure, ADS Securities is taking the opposite approach. They recognise that technology, and in particular new systems and applications, are able to provide the secure and transparent trading solutions which investors want.  Now is the right time to accelerate the development of technology so, for me, this was the only company I wanted to be part of.”

ADS Securities over last seven years has invested heavily on OREX proprietary trading platform and is also contemplating the use of blockchain, distributed ledger technology to offer secure and visible investment solutions and the trading of digital assets.